Private Jets: Reviewing the Embraer Legacy

Private jet operators have a good selection of aircraft models to choose from when considering their next purchase. In the cabin class size, the Boeing Business Jet, Airbus Corporate Jet, Gulfstream 450 and 550, as well as various Bombardier offerings and the Falcon 2000 all stand out. Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, is a new player and is represented by a pair of models under the Legacy name. The Legacy Shuttle is configured to carry from 16-39 passengers while the Legacy Executive typically carries 13-16 passengers. For private jet comparison we will look at what the Executive has to offer.

Matching up to aircraft in its class, the Legacy is similarly appointed. The Embraer has all the creature comforts usually found in an aircraft of its size; a well appointed cabin and a seating configuration for 13 or more passengers. Delivered aircraft typically feature fine quality hardwoods, fabrics and finishes, in addition to a sideboard, please tables and a three-seat sofa. Passengers on the Legacy have access to Airshow systems, DVD, real time communications, telephone, and fax in the cabin. The cabin can be furnished with working tables for staff meetings and individual workstations at the required seats.

The Legacy features a full galley comparable to those found on many Gulfstreams and Falcons. Embraer claims to have the largest cabin volume of any super mid-size jet as well as the largest baggage compartment. In addition, the aircraft features three cabin zones which they claim is unique in this particular aircraft category.

Anyone approaching six feet in height would have to constantly bend their head to navigate the cabin. Like the Challenger 800, headroom is at a premium for taller individuals, thus passengers might be disappointed with the headroom if they are used to flying on a Gulfstream V.

With a range of 3,250 n.m. the Legacy is not the Global Express, but it does compare favorably dimension wise with other aircraft in the super mid-sized category. Prices are strongly competitive as well and it is a certainty that the Legacy will be examined closely by business aviation enthusiasts.

Sources: Legacy by Embraer sales brochure and Aerospace Technology at; Based on an earlier review written by Matt Keegan of the Embraer Legacy displayed at the 2003 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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